BARKA FOUNDATION INC

Peace, Water & Wisdom

aka BARKA   |   Burlington, ME   |  http://www.barkafoundation.org

Mission

BARKA empowers the people of Burkina Faso to thrive. We do this by partnering with rural villages to break the poverty cycle…permanently. BARKA's work focuses on the following high-impact areas:
• Water – we provide access to clean water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education for schools and communities (WASH initiatives)
• Women – we empower women and girls in all our programs
• Agroecology – we help local farmers combat climate change through agroecology and sustainable agriculture

Embedded in everything we do is a focus on reciprocity. BARKA serves as a bridge between individuals, schools and communities of Burkina Faso and the United States to facilitate greater understanding, cultural exchange and the co-creation of a culture of peace.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thank you for your support! 'Barka' is an African word of gratitude, blessing & reciprocity. Barka!

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Esu Anahata

Co-Founder

Ina Anahata

Main address

P.O. Box 2

Burlington, ME 04417 USA

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EIN

20-4372789

NTEE code info

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Women's Rights (R24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The current situation in Burkina Faso is bleak—only 51% of the population has access to clean water and more than 30% of existing borehole wells are broken or inoperative. Even where there are working wells, the water quality is often poor and wells are often far away necessitating women and girls to walk miles each day to meet daily water needs. Consequently, water is often collected from polluted streams or seasonal sources of standing pools that are also contaminated and unsafe to drink. Only 10% of the population use any form of improved sanitation. One recent study within Burkina shows that in rural areas where this project is focused, open defecation is as high as 97%. This condition leads to the spread of disease and preventable death. Personal hygiene is the third component in a healthy community offering the best chance for progress in the fight against disease. There is little awareness in rural Burkina Faso of even the most basic hygiene principles.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Education (WASH) + WASH-in-Schools

This ambitious program continues BARKA's efforts to provide clean drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene education (WASH) to the rural villages of Gourma Province, and to ensure that all 161 schools of Fada N'Gourma have WASH services.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Consultative Status with UN Economic and Social Affairs Division (ECOSOC) 2013

Affiliations & memberships

UN Department of Public Information NGO 2009

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of sexually active females receiving reproductive health services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Related Program

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Education (WASH) + WASH-in-Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of water projects built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Education (WASH) + WASH-in-Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

BARKA is currently developing a project to drill 20 wells in the eastern region of Burkina Faso.

Number of people with improved water access

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Education (WASH) + WASH-in-Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of communities provided clean water

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Education (WASH) + WASH-in-Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of schools built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students and teachers trained in Menstrual Hygiene Management

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adolescents, Young adults

Related Program

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Education (WASH) + WASH-in-Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2019 and 2020 BARKA has trained its trainers in preparation for a new menstrual cup project in 2021.

Number of latrines built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Education (WASH) + WASH-in-Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019 the 2 latrines constructed in Fada's two largest high schools were "MHM Cabins", private, secure cabins that are specifically for women to address their menstrual needs, maintained by students

Number of people trained in improved forms of sanitation to cease open defecation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Education (WASH) + WASH-in-Schools

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) given humanitarian relief (food, clothing, water, soap)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of African descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Locally Produced Face Masks to Fight COVID-19

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, People of African descent, Economically disadvantaged people, Incarcerated people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Barka Foundation serves as a catalyst for sustainable development in Burkina Faso through WASH initiatives (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene), education, women’s empowerment and climate mitigation strategies.
BARKA empowers the people of Burkina Faso to thrive. We do this by partnering with rural villages to break the poverty cycle…permanently. BARKA’s work focuses on the following high-impact areas:
Water – we provide access to clean water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education for schools and communities
Women – we empower women and girls in all our programs
Agroecology – we help local farmers combat climate change through agroecology and sustainable agriculture.

We combine high and low-tech, using indigenous and modern techniques to implement cost-effective, high impact and culturally appropriate solutions. Our projects are driven by the needs of local people, and we foster their autonomy to sustain and own all projects. BARKA serves as an advocate for indigenous people in Burkina, forming long-term relationships with village communities.

Embedded in everything we do is a focus on reciprocity. BARKA builds bridges between individuals, schools and communities of Burkina Faso and North America to facilitate greater understanding, cultural exchange and the co-creation of a culture of peace. We refer to this work as "reciprocity" because it benefits everyone involved. BARKA's school programs also develop leadership in students and cultivates cultural competence, as well as a deep sense of global citizenship and planetary responsibility.

BARKA is walking side by side with 9 villages in the eastern region of Burkina Faso, one of the driest and poorest parts of the planet.

BARKA is a 501c3 in the US, as well as locally incorporated in Burkina Faso as a country-based organization.
Our US staff is all volunteer while we have 9 paid staffers in Burkina Faso who are experts in the areas in which BARKA works.

BARKA Foundation has drilled 6 wells, constructed 14 latrines in 5 rural primary schools, sensitized over 15,000 people through theatre performances on a range of topics, and directly benefited over 25,000 rural villagers.
Most recently, our program to ensure that schools have access to clean water, improved sanitation and hygiene education (WASH-in-Schools) led to supporting high school girls through menstrual hygiene management (MHM).
In 2017 and 2018 BARKA's MHM program has sensitized over 2000 students on the subject and distributed packages of sanitary pads to over 600 high school girls.
In 2018, BARKA launched an ambitious goal to provide clean water, improved sanitation and hygiene education in EVERY school in Fada N'Gourma. We are also poised to be the first NGO in Burkina Faso's history to distribute menstrual cups to girls and women in Burkina Faso.
In 2019, we addressed two simultaneous crises occurring in Burkina Faso: the COVID-19 pandemic which is already affecting a nation with a weak and compromised health infrastructure, and the fastest growing jihadist insurgency in the world which has led to one of the world's worst crises of Internally Displaced People (IDPs).
To mitigate these crises, BARKA distributed soap and handwashing sensitization to 7400 villagers after the novel coronavirus outbreak. We also commissioned the production of face masks from local tailors using Burkina-grown cotton to provide masks for 4000 of the most vulnerable people- IDPs, students and prisoners.
BARKA has now directly benefited more than 73,000 people in Burkina Faso.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BARKA FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Elizabeth Scott Osborne

BARKA Foundation

Term: 2021 - 2022


Board co-chair

Tracy Heilman

BARKA FOUNDATION

Term: 2021 - 2022

Adam Ruderman

No Affiliation

Howard (Esu) Patlis (Anahata)

BARKA Foundation

Anne (Ina) Moffett (Anahata)

BARKA Foundation

E. Scott Osborne

UN Women

Tracy Heilman

No Affiliation

Lakhdar Boukerrou

FIU

Circe Trevant

No Affiliation

Catherine Healy

No Affiliation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/23/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data